West Harrow

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West Harrow is an area in the London Borough of Harrow.

Location

As its name suggests, West Harrow is located on the western side of the London Borough of Harrow, and roughly halfway between the north and south boundaries of the borough. To the south east of West Harrow is Harrow on the Hill, to its north east is Greenhill, to its west is Rayners Lane, to its north is North Harrow, and to its south are Roxeth and South Harrow.

Arts and Culture

West Harrow, considered to be the a bohemian part of Harrow, boasts the first and only contemporary artist-led gallery in the borough which was set up in 2010 by the Usurp Art Collective. The space is called the Usurp Art Gallery & Studios and was converted from an old butchers shop. Usurp Art provides professional support to artists and runs the only public artists studios in the borough. It is a flagship project for Arts Council England.

Zoning information

West Harrow is almost exclusively residential, with a few threads of localized commercial zoning around its edges and an occasional small shop dotted within the residential areas.

History

Prior to the early 20th century West Harrow was overwhelmingly rural. The construction of the Uxbridge extension to the Metropolitan Line in 1904, and specifically the new West Harrow tube station, triggered a steady growth of homes in the area, spreading out from the location of the new station. The remaining open pockets of West Harrow were filled with small council and retirement estates in the second half of the 20th century.

Area amenities

  • West Harrow Park, The Ridgeway, West Harrow
  • St. Peter's Church (Church of England), Sumner Road, West Harrow
  • West Harrow Station, The Gardens, West Harrow

Transport and locale

Tube/Train

  • West Harrow Station - Metropolitan Line

Geography

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Gallery

References

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